TPCH Releases ‘The Cost of Ending Homelessness in Pima County’, 2023 System Modeling and Gaps Analysis Report
An additional 1,367 shelter beds and 4,901 units of supportive housing needed to end homelessness in Pima County, Arizona.
TPCH estimates that between $50M and $70M is spent annually to address homelessness in Pima County. These funds come from a wide variety of federal, state, local, and philanthropic sources and support a multitude of programs ranging from direct cash assistance to supportive housing, street outreach, child care, nutrition, addiction recovery, and other services.
If we are to permanently end homelessness, significantly more resources are necessary. TPCH’s 2023 System Modeling and Gaps Analysis Report, The Cost of Ending Homelessness in Pima County, identifies the number of additional housing navigation and diversion, emergency shelter, and supportive housing beds that are needed to effectively end homelessness in Tucson and surrounding Pima County and, using current system costs, estimates the additional financial investment that is needed to achieve this aim.
In total, an additional 1,367 additional emergency shelter beds and 4,901 supportive housing units, including transitional, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing units, are projected to be needed within the next five years to achieve and sustain functional zero, the point at which existing system capacity is sufficient to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and one time.